Video: Blacklighting in Box Canyon

As you may be aware, my primary focus on Lepidoptera is on the macro moths of Utah. I am currently building a night collecting kit using mercury vapor lamps. In this video, the participants, are using a setup virtually identical to the setup I am gathering. Aaron Olsen did a presentation for the Utah Lepidopterists’ Society in 2005 that goes into great detail on how to build one of these setups.  

On the Harbor Freight 800 Watt Generator: Usage Tips and Helpful Modifications for the Moth Collector

I’m back into the Lepidoptera collection game this year.  After many years away, I decided that I was coming back to a hobby I’ve loved my whole life.  I particularly enjoy collecting the beautiful moths that we have in Utah, and I am putting together a white sheet collecting kit that consists of three mercury vapor lamps and two compact fluorescent black lights. Night collecting at a white sheet is a tried and true method for gathering moths.  Using a set of Mercury Vapor bulbs will provide the correct wavelength of light to attract most species of nocturnal Lepidoptera. Unless I am collecting in the back yard though, a portable power source is going to be necessary.  The Honda EU1000i is a … Continue reading